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Discover how to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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In brief: Garrett & Co name drops to be Garretts

Garrett & Co, the national chain of law firms associated with the accountants Arthur Andersen, is changing its name to Garretts. The firm said it made the change “because we are already known as this in the marketplace and because it has a modern feel”. It has also brought out a new brochure to mark […]

Earnings leap for lawyers at top American companies

A survey of in-house legal officers for multi-billion dollar US companies has revealed a 20 per cent increase in average pay for 1996, a rate which outstrips increases for any other group of executives in this sector and pushes their earnings through the one million dollar mark. The report, published by consultants Pearl Meyer & […]

Law Soc election hopefuls close to a deal

Discussions over Easter look likely to have sealed a three-way Law Society presidential election ticket between Phillip Sycamore, Michael Mathews and Robert Sayer. When The Lawyer went to press, Sayer was still deliberating over Sycamore’s surprise offer for him to stand with him as his deputy vice-president and treasurer in this year’s elections. But there […]

In brief: Dundas & Wilson demerger criticised

Edinburgh firm Brodies has publicly criticised rival firm Dundas & Wilson’s decision to demerge from its private client department. Its statement suggests that Dundas & Wilson, which is in merger talks with the Andersens legal network, was forced into a demerger because of the talks. Brodies’ statement reads: “Doubtless under pressure from their intended ‘owners’ […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/04/97

Jeremy Paul Andrew Reichelt, 40, admitted 1983, practising as Jeremy Reichelt & White, Peckham, London SE15, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £917 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to deliver accountant’s reports subject to conditions imposed on his practising certificate and/or an accountant’s report confirming he had ceased to hold client funds. Tribunal told […]

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